Teaching & Learning Web "The horse"

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The idea for building the teaching and learning web concept originated on the occasion of the new national complementary subject for vocational schools, "Technik & Umwelt" (T&U) (as of 2015), at the Berufsmittelschule of the commercial college Wirtschaftsschule KV Wetzikon (wkvw.ch). The concept forms a basis for applied learning methods «bili» (bilingual education), interdisciplinary teaching (IDAF) and cross-curricular competences according to the new curriculum (Kantonaler (ZH) Lehrplan, mba.zh.ch).

Concept's main elements

"The horse"

A closed working and interaction environment for student work and exchange. Each student has his/her own account. Works on any device.

dontwastemy.energy - energy and environment questions were answered by student research teams from different countries.
Project website

A publicly accessible website with contributions (projects) of student teams: dontwastemy.energy

News I hot !

Testimonials "food & climate" projects 2019/20
Interviews via Skype with the teachers Ann, Mary, Praveena from Belgium and India and the students Lars and Dharany from Switzerland about their current project experiences and "The Horse" concept. Further information on the projects can be found on the association's website. [22. Dezember 2019]

didacta DIGITAL Workshops
Our association "The ! association" is invited to present "The Horse" concept at the didacta DIGITAL Swiss in Basel (11/28/19 - 11/30/19)! [15. November 2019]

Website dontwastemy.energy
In the month of October '19 wonderful 8602 visitors (3,599 different) visited the learners' project website and 24,439 pages were viewed! [15. November 2019]

Collaborations across three continents! Belgium, India, Switzerland and South Africa - 110 students, 7 teachers and experts are collaborating. The topic is "food and climate" and with the help of a "food app", daily food is recorded and can later be used for projects and research. [October 4, 2019]

News II

"THE ! association" (The Horse Education) Our association got a first version of the website (the-horse.education). [August 2019]

A new Knowledge Pool with over 3000 categorized articles and pages and a full text search gives students and teachers access to previously acquired knowledge and documents in a closed area. [August 2019]

We have changed the domain save-energy.tips to dontwastemy.energy – so it matches better the website motto "don’t waste my energy!" There were more than 3800 visitors in the month of March'19! Some infos and website statistics » [04/20/2019]

befter (before and after the experience). We invented and tried out a new experimental concept to acquire knowledge and skills and perform projects, we name it «befter», before & after the experience.
Already realized befter projects »
More about the befter concept »
The Bournemouth Showcase » (befters) of the partner class from Belgium [02/26/2019]

News III

"The Horse" association founded, 09 September 2018, our website: the-horse.education

Presentation/Workshop (teacher training) at PH Luzern, CAS bilingual education in vocational training, 14 August 2018

Project website: save-energy.tips is now a PWA (Progressive Web App)

Presentation of "The horse" concept at Movetia Konferenz 16 May 2018

Project «Z.B.» (Zurich.Berlin.): Students of the business school wkvw and the «Lette Verein Berlin» develop contributions together, read more »

Quick Box: Our Research-Box is now available on "The horse" and the project website, infos Quick Box »

New Webserver: save-energy.tips has a brand new home, details here »

Last update 12/22/2019, dfe

We presented "The horse" concept at the following cantonal and national meetings:

Idea & Concept

Simple ways and an open architecture, adapted to the requirements and level/skills of the teachers and students.
Factsheet (pdf)
Overview "The horse" (pdf)

Basics & methods

Active learning and self-responsibility. bili, CLIL, IDAF (save-energy.tips),
Competencies MBA ZH (pdf),
Kant. Lehrplan BM ZH (pdf)

Infrastructure & costs

Through the consequent application of Cloud-services (Azure) the costs for the infrastructure and the running costs are inexpensive. They are customized to the exact requirements. Overview Infrastructure (pdf)


Transferring of knowledge and experiences, application of various media, realization of projects in teams, publicize and propagate contributions (IG, Twitter, FB), paperless up to 100%, knowledge pool for future users and much more.

Projects & experiences

befterbefore and after the experience , a new method for collaborative projects in 7 steps.
:: Previous project topics:
Energy 2015/16 :: where2where 2016/17 :: ZürIzmir projects 2017/18 (Zürich Izmir) :: Scenarios Z.B. 18 :: Befter 18/19 ::
:: Project topics overview, since 2015/16
:: Student teams since the beginning

Possibilities & outlook

The "The horse" concept is suitable for both teachers/instructors/coaches and learners/students. New digital media can be tried out and applied under "genuine conditions". There are countless possible variations.

Eliane Suter

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